In July 1997, an official request was made by Rev. Fr. Steven Kopfensteiner, Pastor, St. Andrew's Catholic Church to Bro. Donald Prince, District Deputy, District 24, Ontario, to have a Council of the Knights of Columbus instituted in the Parish. Pulpit announcements were made at all Masses during the weekend of October 18 & 19, 1997 as a result of which over a 100 men indicated their interest in the Order. Bro. Dennis Goodin, contacted each of these potential members and invited them to an open house on October 28, 1997 at which approximately 40 signed Form 100.
One candidate was exemplified in the First Degree at a ceremony conducted by Perpetual Help Council 8842 during their meeting of November 17, 1997. A further 15 were exemplified on November 18, 1997 at the exemplification held at Humber Valley Council 3945. An additional 5 candidates, which included one priest, were exemplified at a special ceremony held in the Parish hall on November 25, 1997 by the Humber Valley Council First Degree team.
November 20, 1997
The inaugural meeting of the new Council was held in the Upper hall of St. Andrew's Church at which 34 members attended. The name Mother Teresa Council was officially adopted as the name of the Council and the District Deputy advised that the Supreme Office had allocated the Council the No. 12099.
The District Deputy then proceeded to conduct elections for the first Executive and Bro. Nuno de Lima, KHS, who had transferred from Humber Valley Council 3945, where he had held the position of Deputy Grand Knight, was elected as Charter Grand Knight.
January 25, 1998
The first Executive was officially installed by the District Deputy,
Bro. Don Prince at a ceremony held in the Church following the 12.15 p.m.
Mass. The ceremony was attended by members of the Council and many members
of the Parish. Following the installation, all attended a social gathering
in the Church hall.